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  1. I would argue (and have attempted to do so) that the biggest threat of concussions is not at all related to helmets but rather two bodies running into each other at full force (tackles, blocking, etc.). Head-to-head contact was a big culprit maybe 15 years ago, but I feel the NFL's rule changes are helping the cause as players are not leading with their helmets and using them as weapons anymore. Having said that, while the soft helmet would not solve that issue, I like it and think it would help improve safety overall. Players would be apprehensive to play at full speed, and they may brace themselves for hits accordingly. As mentioned previously, players think they're invincible. There is a prominent writer on Packers.com who says that he'd recommend playing without facemasks to eliminate that effect.
  2. Most of the Christmas alts in NBA 2K16 and 2K17 were never worn, as only the 10-12 teams that played on Christmas Day actually wore theirs, if I recall correctly, yet every team has one in the game (and in the adidas catalog).
  3. Here's a 2:00 video about the topic (concussions) -- helmets are mentioned around 1:51.
  4. Yes there is. If you're running full speed one direction and get body tackled -- no helmet contact involved -- by someone running the other direction, you experience sudden deceleration, which can bruise your organs including your brain. The same is true when you fall and land on the turf. Even if your head does not hit, your organs experience mass deceleration which jostles them internally, often into your bones. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that there is a new, safer helmet as it will reduce injuries -- just not the concussions and sub-concussive hits that lead to CTE. I think the fact this is even a news story is proof that the NFL is trying to appear safer -- a good first step, to be sure, but not nearly enough if they want to eliminate concussions from the game.
  5. The hits to the head aren't the problem. Yes, a helmet with crumple zones could direct impact away from your head. However, most concussions occur when players collide with other players at speed, regardless of where they are hit, and also when players hit the turf. It's about acceleration and deceleration of your organs, not direct impact of collisions. I consent better helmets will reduce "getting your bell rung," but not concussions and sub-concussive hits.
  6. I believe nothing can protect you. I just trailed off into the thought that, if you had pillows on your head, your acceleration would be slower due to wind resistance -- which I see now was kinda off-topic. Playing the game slower is the only measure of safety that I can think would actually prevent concussions and sub-concussive hits if contact remains the same. Helmets do nothing for acceleration/deceleration. Regardless of what's on your head, if you're running full speed one direction and become stopped by an equal and opposite force running the other direction, your organs continue to move forward until they collide with something (like your skull). Because they are suspended within your body, they move separately from your skin, muscles, and bones.
  7. Concussions occur when the brain hits the inside of the skull. No helmet will ever protect you from that. It occurs naturally at periods of sudden acceleration and deceleration, even if you have pillows on your head. Although pillows would certainly affect your acceleration potential.
  8. Brad Stevens: the lowest peak playing career among current coaches?
  9. February 28 for the uniforms. I wish I could make it, but a Tuesday night and the last work-day of the month = not possible for an accountant.
  10. Or it's nostalgic because it seems the All-Star Game is in California every third year (with New Orleans or Houston the rest of the time).
  11. I'll say no, because there are only so many ways you can illustrate a wolf howling at the moon. Although reading the IP law discussion in the Las Vegas NHL Expansion thread... On a side note, I never noticed the tree shape in the Timberwolf's fur or the inside of his ear. Cool!
  12. As much as I'm enjoying the impending failure of this brand, it would feel much more reassuring if the Las Vegas locals were giving him heat for not considering any local ties and calling the team "Vegas" instead of "Las Vegas." Having the Army be the death knell (based on the blatant, intentional ripping off of Army colors/names/marks or the Golden Knight parachute team) would be ironic for Foley and also rewarding. Having a D2 liberal arts college be the roadblock, and one that doesn't even play hockey? I'd take it, but it feels a little hollow.
  13. On the one hand, "it could have been worse" can be said regarding uni ads. On the other hand, it's an abomination and is pure profit for the league, which in no way will pass savings onto its fans. I suppose NBA owners need more money so they can keep giving $80mil contracts to Ryan Anderson, but seriously, the NBA needs to be saved from itself.
  14. Las Vegas Thunderbirds Sorry, I'm done now.
  15. I love how the fans are starting to call Foley out on his Army lust and what he considers an "homage" to them. That's like saying "I went to Notre Dame and want to do an homage to my alma mater. How about 'Las Vegas Fighting Irish'?" It's not an homage. Homages are supposed to be subtle. Having said that, I started thinking about this again. I want to do a concept for a Las Vegas NBA expansion team in NBA 2K17. I thought about some new ones: - Las Vegas Roadrunners - Las Vegas Daredevils - Las Vegas Monsters (like Gila monsters) - Las Vegas Lizards (like lounge lizards, or like the animal)